Punjab Assembly passes bill making teaching of Qur’an compulsory

A student, right, recites as others listen to him while they are memorizing the Qur’an at the Jamia Binoria Al-Alamia Seminary Islamic Study School in Karachi, Dec. 10, 2012. (REUTERS)
Updated 19 May 2018

Punjab Assembly passes bill making teaching of Qur’an compulsory

  • Mandatory for children from grade 1 to 5 to recite the Holy Qur’an, while those in grade 6 and above required to read it along with translation
  • The move “will be a source of the establishment of a society based on the teachings of Islam,” the bill reads

LAHORE: The Punjab Assembly on Friday passed a bill making it mandatory for children from grade 1 to 5 to recite the Holy Qur’an in schools across the province, and for those in grade 6 and above to read it along with a translation.
The move “will be a source of the establishment of a society based on the teachings of Islam,” the bill reads.


Hundreds of Pakistanis stranded in Saudi Arabia return home on special flight

Updated 31 May 2020

Hundreds of Pakistanis stranded in Saudi Arabia return home on special flight

  • This was the eighth PIA special flight to bring Pakistani nationals back from the Kingdom
  • Earlier, over 15,000 Pakistani Umrah pilgrims were brought home on special flights 

ISLAMABAD: A repatriation flight with 251 stranded Pakistanis on board departed for Karachi from Jeddah, the Consulate General of Pakistan in Saudi Arabia said in a statement on Sunday.
This was the eighth special flight of the national carrier, Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), from Jeddah following the coronavirus related suspension of routine international flight operations in the Kingdom on March 15.

Pakistani nationals wait for a special flight to Karachi at Jeddah’s King Abdulaziz International Airport on May 31, 2020. (Photo courtesy: Pakistan Consulate General in Jeddah)


“Consul General Khalid Majid and Deputy Consul General Shaiq Ahmed Bhutto were present at Jeddah International Airport to bid farewell to the passengers,” the statement said.

“A total of around 1,700 Pakistanis have so far been repatriated from Jeddah region through seven special flights,” the statement added, and said similar special PIA flights were also being operated from Riyadh region.

Pakistani nationals wait for a special flight to Karachi at Jeddah’s King Abdulaziz International Airport on May 31, 2020. (Photo courtesy: Pakistan Consulate General in Jeddah)


“Embassy of Pakistan at Riyadh and the Consulate General at Jeddah in close cooperation of PIA, are coordinating arrangements of these special flights in their respective jurisdictions.”

Saudi Arabia halted all international travel and suspended Umrah pilgrimage in response to the pandemic in March this year.

Over the months, Pakistan has brought back over 15,000 of its nationals who had gone to Saudi Arabia for Umrah but found themselves stranded amid coronavirus lockdowns in the Kingdom.